Been having neck issues for years did MRI in Feb 08, it showed moderate canal to severe right neural foraminal stenosis on the above mentioned levels,disc bulging etc and straightening of the neck. Got a 2nd opinion and was advised need multilevel fusion.
I am 42 female. I dont have constant pain , but for the past 2 months my right thumb is completely numb and my arm has the falling asleep feeling 24/7 verry annoying, tinglin , numbness and shoulder pain. I wanted to know if I don't do the surgery or if I keep prolonging it will I get worse? I asked to have just a 1 level done (C5-6) which looks the worst on MRI, but the Neurosurgeon said that that would be bad because the other disc will wear off also.
Will I have no movement in my neck at all with a 3 level fusion? And does bone grafting really hurt that bad? Pleaaaase help I am really scared. Anyone who had succesfull multilevel ACDF Pleeease respond.